Back again for its 6th year, the Fast and the Furriest, on Sunday, is one of the most anticipated 5K races around! Every April, more than 500 people and their pups pack Tower Grove Park for a morning of fast-paced fun that raises money for homeless pets. The Fast and the Furriest 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk offers participants both a professionally-timed race as well as the opportunity to take a leisurely stroll through the beautiful park. This year, the APA’s new Director of Education, longtime KSDK anchor Jennifer Blome, will lead the 1-Mile Walk and head up the children’s activity area. More than a dozen vendor booths, including Sports Authority, New Balance and Kennelwood, will be on site offering visitors a variety of goods and services, and Destination Desserts food truck will be satisfying everyone’s sweet tooth.
The APA is excited to announce that on Tuesday, May 6, we will take part in the very first Give STL Day. This locally-focused online giving event partners more than 500 area nonprofits with the Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation to rally our community’s donors for one day in order to raise significant funds for local needs. Other cities around the country have raised millions of dollars in the past several years through their own giving days, and this year St. Louis will join dozens of partner cities in providing essential support to local charitable organizations, like the APA. Many community businesses and philanthropists have lined up to support the effort, and, throughout the day, there will be “Power Hours” offering matching gifts, $500 drawings and a $5000 bonus for the organization with the most donors participating.
Twice a year, thousands of people from around the St. Louis area give $25 in honor of their favorite charity, and, in return, take a tour of tipples through 12 bars of Clayton. The pub crawl, known by its enthusiastic patrons as 12BOC, has become a wildly popular way to party with friends while helping local nonprofit organizations. It’s also a big fundraiser for the charities involved. Last December, Hope for Young Adults with Cancer raised over $12,000 for their clients!
After more than 30 years at the desk of KSDK News Channel 5, journalist Jennifer Blome is retiring from the news business and joining her fellow animal lovers as the Director of Humane Education at the APA. The APA is thrilled to have well-known broadcast journalist and animal advocate, Jennifer Blome, joining our organization. Jennifer’s love of animals is no secret to the many viewers of Today in St. Louis, where she hosted Sammy’s Stars, a daily segment featuring adoptable homeless animals in our area. Many of the APA’s own pets found their families through Sammy’s Stars.
After nearly four years of dedicated commitment and service to the animals and mission of the APA, the APA is saying a bittersweet goodbye to our friend and colleague, Michelle Kodner. During her tenure here, Michelle dramatically increased the presence of the APA’s education programs in local schools and strengthened ties to community organizations. Her in-depth knowledge of animal welfare issues and educational curriculum design made her a perfect fit for our team. Her kind, warm personality made her a favorite among staff members and volunteers alike. We will miss her dearly but are so happy for her as she advances her career as a curriculum writer for Scottrade.
Spring is in the air, and that means it’s time to dust off those running shoes and start stretching- the Fast and the Furriest 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk is on its way! What: 6th Annual Fast and the Furriest 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk
Where: Sons of Rest Pavilion at Tower Grove Park (4256 Magnolia Ave, St Louis, Missouri 63110)
When: Sunday, April 27 at 9:00 a.m.
Mark your calendars now for the furriest race in town! This unique event is one of only a handful of races in the whole country that allows participants to run or walk with their four-legged friend. Now in its 6th year at Tower Grove Park, participation in this popular, festive run grows every year- nearly 500 people came out for it last year! The 5K features RFID chip timing on a course accurately measured by Fleet Feet Sports, and the 1 Mile Walk offers a nice scenic stroll through the park, with or without your pooch.
If you spent time on any of the major social media sites yesterday, chances are you saw the animal abuse video from St. Louis circulating. The graphic video featured a young teenager slamming a dog to the ground and punching the dog while another teen laughed and recorded the abuse. By the time it was finally taken down from Facebook, the video had been shared more than 10,000 times throughout the day. The APA was one of many local agencies flooded with calls from across the country asking how to help the animal.
The Animal Protective Association is taking its humane education program to a higher level…of education, that is. This month, the APA begins its second semester as a partner in the new Animal Welfare Assistant Certificate Program at St. Louis Community College. This popular program brings together local animal welfare organizations and animal-loving students to introduce major topics in the field and potentially prepare students for their future careers. Alongside instructors from the Humane Society of Missouri and St.
It’s official: The APA will remodel the front end of its building beginning in early February. Last week, the City of Brentwood cleared the way for the APA to begin a construction project that has been years in the making. Beginning on February 10, the front-end of the shelter will see walls demolished, new rooms built, and throughout the whole process, the shelter will remain open. Visitors can expect to see several significant changes once construction is completed. Three new meet-and-greet rooms will accommodate adopters visiting with their potential new pets.
To help increase placement rates at neighboring animal shelters, the APA is transferring dogs to its own kennels. In the past 8 weeks, 43 dogs have found new temporary homes at the APA. From Shepherds and Labs to Corgis and Malteses, the APA has brought canine companions from all over the area to its shelter in order to give adoptable dogs the best chance at a new home. The program has seen great success in its short time- more than two-thirds of all the dogs have already been adopted, and the rest are still patiently waiting for their families. The pooches have come from several areas – both St.
Adoptions of long-term shelter dogs skyrocket in the first half of January. “Lonely Hearts Club” residents cancel their memberships and head to new homes. After waiting anywhere from 6 to 15 months at the shelter, almost all of the APA’s Lonely Hearts Club members have canceled their memberships and gone to new families. In only the first 14 days of 2014, 6 out of 7 of these veteran shelter dogs were adopted. Combined, the 6 adopted pups had lived at the APA for a whopping 50 months!
From start to finish, 2013 was a great year at the APA! Through the Monsanto Grow St. Louis contest, we won new glass kennels for our dogs, giving the pups a less stressful and healthier environment while they await their new homes. During The Harry & Hanley Project, we celebrated our 90th anniversary in high style with amazing larger-than-life animal sculptures and a summer full of memorable, fun events. This fall, we began an exciting new chapter in humane education through a partnership with St.
Christmas is fast approaching, and you may still be searching for that special something for Fluffy or Fido. Don’t worry- the APA has you covered. With this list of fun and unusual gift ideas, you’re sure to spoil your pet without breaking the bank. 1. Airplane Cat House ($26, fab.com)
It’s no secret that cats love to pretend they’re invisible inside cardboard boxes.
Scratching your head over what to give the Blues fan who has it all? Score one for the holidays by bidding on exclusive David Backes autographed ‘Holiday Blues’ t-shirts and ticket pack, while also helping homeless pets! As part of the Ugly Holiday Sweater Tees campaign (sweatertee.com), the APA and local marketing agency Switch partnered to auction several St. Louis Blues-themed t-shirts signed by the team captain. Two of the shirts for auction are packaged with a pair of nearly-front row tickets to an upcoming game, one against the Coyotes in January and the other against the Predators in February. These very limited edition shirts are available for bidding only until Saturday afternoon.
Sleet and snow are a sure sign that winter has arrived. It’s a good time to remember that, even with their fur coats, pets are susceptible to cold weather woes, too. Keep your fur babies safe and warm this winter with these tips. Bring in all pets when temperatures drop below 32°. Frostbite is a real threat to an animal exposed to harsh, cold weather.
The smells of Thanksgiving will be in many houses this Thursday, and people aren’t the only ones to find those savory scents irresistible. Pets are also looking to partake in the festive holiday feast, but many foods may not be the best idea to feed Fido. Follow these tips for keeping the holiday healthy and happy for everyone, including furry friends. Foods for sharing
Cooked pumpkin and sweet potato – Seasonal squash is often included in many canned dog foods and dog biscuits. It’s nutritious and delicious!
Older dogs make wonderful companions, but they are often overlooked in favor of puppies. This month the APA is celebrating our older residents and spreading the word on why adopting a senior pet is a fantastic choice. Here are 5 reasons why you should consider adopting a pup with a little gray in the muzzle. 1. No Surprises!
Ring in the spirit of the season with APA holiday cards! With beautiful, custom-designed artwork by artist Laura Jackson, they make the perfect greeting for loved ones. 10 cards cost only $15, and all proceeds benefit the pets and programs of the APA. And just in time for your big family gatherings, the APA cookbook has arrived! Chocked full of delectable goodies, this manual of mouth-watering treats contains more than 150 recipes of appetizers, soups and salads, entrees, and even dog treats, the APA cookbook is sure to please any palate.